Marine & Environmental Sciences Faculty Articles
Unexpected Opportunities for Manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) Education and Citizen Science
The Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) mainly resides within the state's coastal waters, but sharing this habitat with thousands of watercrafts, either registered, unregistered, or visiting, has proven challenging for its survival. The future of manatee research among scientists and citizen scientists has strong potential. By taking advantage of venues of opportunity such as boat shows, not only is local population data gathered, but a stronger positive relationship with the public is forged. When people feel they have a stake in the conservation of a species or habitat, they will likely become and remain engaged.
Yvanna M. Strait and Amy Hirons. 2022. Unexpected Opportunities for Manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) Education and Citizen Science .Aquatic Mammals , (6) : 703 -707. https://nsuworks.nova.edu/occ_facarticles/1297.
Our appreciation is extended to Informa for providing resources and the opportunity to work with them for the safety of the manatees during MIBS 2022. Members of the Department of Environmental Resources Management (DERM) of Miami-Dade provided collaborative and collegial support services during manatee observations. Drone Genius Aerial Media Services of Coral Gables, Florida, provided aerial photography to assist with manatee observations during MIBS 2022.